Royal Armouries


The origins of the study of arms and armour lie in the efforts of a small group of 19th and early-20th century gentlemen scholars. Today the field has grown wide in its appeal; from the university trained academic, to the enthusiastic re-enactor.

Within these pages you can gain an insight both to the scholarship and the lives of those early scholars.

Robert Coltman Clephan

Baron de Cosson

Charles John ffoulkes

John Hewitt

Sir Guy Francis Laking

Lt. Gen. Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers

Harold Arthur Lee-Dillon

General Sir John Lefroy

Sir James Mann

Samuel Rush Meyrick

Robert Porrett

Did you know?

Six Eiffel Towers

During the siege of Sebastopol the British and French armies fired 10,000 tonnes of iron shot, 510,000 round shot, 236,000 howitzer shells and 350,000 mortar shells. That’s a total of about 43,000 tonnes of iron: the equivalent of six Eiffel Towers!